Making the decision to eat healthy may seem like a simple decision, but it can be easier said than done. In many cases you can be your own food nemesis. The keys to your un-doing may be hiding in your own pantry or refrigerator.
It’s much harder to resist eating junk when you have readily available in your home, so giving your fridge and pantry an overhaul is essential. Out with the bad food and in with the good food must be your mantra. Wondering what to toss and what to replace it with? Here are a few ideas:
- Fatty meat products, like pulled pork, bacon, fat-marbled beef, and any fried meats.
- Butter, margarine, whole-fat milk, full-fat cheese and yogurt.
- Any veggies that are fried, battered, or covered in cheese or other unhealthy sauces.
- White rice, products made with processed flour (i.e. white bread), sugar-coated cereals.
- Chips, crackers, cookies, pastries, cakes, microwave popcorn.
- Soda, juice drinks that aren’t 100% juice, diet drinks.
- Commercially-made dinners, pizzas, and snacks.
- Gravies, sauces, spreads, or dressings with mayonnaise, sour cream, cream, or cheese as a base, condiments with high sugar content.
- Skinless chicken breast, lean ground turkey, turkey hot dogs, fish, shellfish.
- Olive or canola oil, fat-free milk, low-fat soy milk, reduced fat yogurt and cheese.
- Any fresh or frozen fruits and veggies.
- Brown rice, whole grain bread and pasta, oat-based cold cereals, shredded wheat, bran flakes.
- Dark chocolate, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, walnuts, almonds, dried fruits, organic popcorn kernels.
- Orange, grapefruit, or cranberry juice, naturally-flavored water, sparkling water.
- Frozen meals with no more than 4g sugar and fat and no more than 400 mg of sodium.
- Salt, pepper, fresh garlic, low-sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, virgin olive oil, apple butter, organic ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, and salad dressing.